Kull: Exile of Atlantis
“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life.”
In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to b ...more
The introduction by Steve Tompkins is long, over 30 minutes. Almost immediately, he puts down ERB's John Carter. He said something about Carter's ego being so big that Helium, the city he rules, is well named. Seriously? He crapped on ERB's character?!!! I'll bet most Kull & Conan fans like John Carter, too. I do, although not as much, but that's just unnecessarily rude. It's not a contest about whose sword is b ...more
In the introduction of the book our organizer of stories goes to great length to tell us that Kull isn't really Howard's warm up for Conan.
Look I know I don't have a degree and I'm not an authority but at least to a certain extent I have to disagree. Kull is where Conan goes. There is a more complete feeling (for me at least) in the Conan stories.
Still this is a good read and like ...more
My initial reaction was one of disappointment. Perhaps, at that time, I was looking for a more Conan-like story. Whatever the case, when I was building my GR library, I gave these stories but 2 stars. I'm glad that I took advantage of a SF Book Club sale to pick up this reissue of the series ...more
Today I'll be reviewing a short story entitled Kings of the Night by the one and only Robert E. Howard. Kings of the Night can be found in both Kull: Exile of Atlantis and Bran Mak Morn: The Last King. That's because it stars both of the title characters.
"How can that be?" you ask. Kull li ...more
These are stories of Kull, of Atlantis, barbarian and sav ...more
It's interesting to see Howard work through the psychological, cultural, and metaphysical ideas that interest him. The weirdness of some of the tales, such as Kull fighting ...more
The Kull stories ar ...more
What a pleasant surprise these stories were! Howard writes in a clear, straightforward style, but still manages to convey an other-worldliness. As a character, Kull is fascinating. He is an exile from his homeland who becomes a mercenary and eventually overthrows the king of the most powerful nation and takes his place. Howev ...more
Kull is on the theme of 'Okay, you've seized a kingdom. Now what?'
Kull has lots of swordplay, monsters and adventure, but there is also political plotting, and the burden and details of actually running a kingdom.
It's an attempt at a slightly more mature theme than in most traditional fantasy n ...more
Reading (or rereading) all of this in one gulp leaves me siding with Farnsworth Wright. The three stories he published (including Kull's guest star appearance in "Kings of the Night") are by far the best work here, with "The Shadow Kingdom" the most outstanding. Kull's metaphysical musings and the prevailing mood of unreality, dread, and obsession in the published stories ar ...more
The best is easily the second one featured in this collection, "The Shadow Kingdom." The serpentmen are some of Howard's greatest creations ...more
Untitled Story - 5/5
A fine introduction to the world of Kull and reads like a historical learning of the civilizations, landscapes, legends, etc.
The Shadow Kingdom - 5/5
One of the very first sword-and-sorcery stories ever, and one of the best! This one is very suspenseful, mysterious, and action-packed. Can't miss it.
The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune - 5/5
This is really where it starts to get even better. About the K ...more
In fairness to myself, part of the delay on this one was that I wanted to be able to find something interesting to say about these stories beyond "they're really good" and "I liked them". I'm not sure I've come up with anything better than that, but here goes.
For those who don't know: Kull was a character created by Robert E Howard prior to his creation of his better known Conan. In many ways, Kull is a bit of a proto-Conan: a barbarian who ...more
Il volume presenta i testi originali dell'autore texano nell'ordine in cui furono scritti.
Le storie di Kull, pur rappresentando un prototipo per quelle successive e pi famose riguardanti Conan, si differenziano da queste ultime sia per l'ambientazione (quasi tutte riguardano un Kull gi re e padrone del...more
He is well known for having created — in the p ...more